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2/20/16

Margarita Recipe Roundup

margarita day roundup

In case you missed the memo, I LOVE MARGARITAS.

You, too? Good. Because it’s almost #NationalMargaritaDay, which means margarita calories don’t count. Last year I wasn’t able to partake so this year I’m not wasting any time. I’ve rounded up some of the most cheers-worthy margs below. Check out the list and let me know how you’ll be celebrating! 

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5/24/15

Passion Fruit Strawberry Margaritas

passion fruit strawberry margaritas

You know how I feel about margaritas. OBSESSED.

But in a strange twist of events, I didn’t miss margaritas while I was pregnant. Like, at all. When it came to alcohol, all I wanted was a cold beer. And this craving lasted for pretty much the whole pregnancy, to the point where it actually sorta bothered me. I enjoy a good microbrew from time to time, but I never would have chosen beer over margaritas pre-pregnancy. Leave it to me to develop a serious love for beer after leaving Portland. Sigh. I wondered if I’d ever be “normal” again. Continue reading

4/20/14

lime margaritas

easy lime margarita recipe

I have to get something off my chest. I’m a total margarita snob.

There, I said it. And I feel better already. It’s taken me 3+ years to admit that, but I couldn’t lead you on anymore. The truth is, I only drink margaritas made with fresh ingredients – and I am totally that girl at the bar who asks what’s in the cocktails. Making fresh margaritas is so easy – why use the syrupy-sweet, preservative-filled mix? Believe me, I’ve had enough margaritas to know that there is a difference. I also prefer my margaritas without triple sec. Or salt. High maintenance, I know. Continue reading

8/5/13

Li Hing Mui Mango Margaritas

Mango Margarita with Li Hing Mui

Yesterday I partook in a “Doc McStuffins”-themed birthday party filled with three-year olds, mini lab coats and purple cupcakes. The birthday girl is the daughter of one of my dear friends – an adorable (and feisty!) three year old that I’ve seen grow before my eyes into a mini-human. As someone without kids (who had never heard of Doc McStuffins), this whole raising-a-child thing is a kind of a mind-blowing concept. Oh – and if you’re like me, let me clue you in: it’s the newest Disney Show craze featuring a girl who practices medicine on her stuffed animals. Duh.

And speaking of crazy things, today marks my three year Blogiversary. It feels like just yesterday that I published my first post.  I hope the mammas out there aren’t offended by this comment – but I can’t help but think about how this blog has become my baby. I’ve laughed and cried over it, been up at all hours of the night, feel like I don’t know what I’m doing half the time – but love it all the same, and feel so proud of the results. I’ve honestly never stuck with anything this long in my entire life. And the best part is that I still love it. As in, waking-up-in-the-morning-thinking-about-it, going-to-sleep-at-night-thinking-about-it type of love. In fact, my husband would tell you that I’m down right obsessed. But regardless, it’s been a busy three years, including:

a blog redesign. and then another.

countless brand partnerships and even a photoshoot in LA.

an engagement, wedding and honeymoon.

and all things margarita.

mango slicer oxo

how to slice a mango

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7/21/13

Seattle Dining Series: Tapas at Ocho

Ocho Seattle

Seattle is just a three hour drive  from Portland. We have family and friends in the area, so between weddings, birthday parties and weekend getaways, we’re up there at least several times a year. Typically we hang out with our loved ones, but our goal this year was to start exploring more of the Seattle dining scene during our visits. After all, the city has a lot to offer. 

Plus – with the International Food Blogger’s Conference (IFBC) being held in Seattle in just two months, I figured I should brush up on the local food scene so I could actually be a resource for the hundreds of bloggers flying in from around the world.

OCHO SeattleThe first round of our Seattle Dining Series experiment was a smashing success. We visited a Spanish Tapas restaurant called Ocho in Seattle’s Freemont neighborhood. It’s a small restaurant in a neighborhood filled with fabulous food options – and we very well may have missed it completely if it hadn’t been recommended to us.

First off, Ocho gives off a vibrant and warm vibe. From colorful chalkboard signs that list the tapas of the day to a hustling and bustling flow of patrons coming in and out – I knew immediately we’d found a winner. We didn’t mind waiting for seats, and ended up nabbing a few at the bar. This turned out to be a great decision. The bartender was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu, and in the end suggested having of sample the Chef’s choice. We tasted bites from large variety of the menu, including cocktails, tapas and desserts. Delicious, authentic, and fun.

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4/25/13

Ladies Night In with Sauza Tequila {Video!}

 

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you know that I was in LA a few weeks ago for a video shoot with Sauza Tequila. And, uh, sorry about the photo uploads every 2 seconds. The trip was pretty exciting, and naturally I had to document every.single.moment. From manicures and accessories to food stylists and party decorators, this experience was truly glamorous.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the decor, food, and day-of-shoot shenanigans:

Cinco de Mayo Ladies Night In
Cinco de Mayo Ladies Night In
 

But what’s even cooler than these photos is the finalized Sauza video. Watch it here:

Cuuute, right? But I must say, besides drinking margaritas for 10 hours straight, the coolest part of the trip was getting to meet the other five fabulous bloggers that were participating in the shoot: Christi at Love From the Oven, Jennifer at Hostess With The Mostess, Jenny at Good Bad and Fab, Jillian at Catch My Party and Candice at Fashionably Organized. Big shout out to these fabulous ladies! Their blogs are truly inspirational, so make sure to click on over and check them out. And then, start start planning your own Cinco de Mayo party, starting here, with the Sauza-rita recipe:

Sauza-rita
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Ingredients
1 can Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 bottle light beer
1 can frozen limeade
1 can water

Instructions
Pour limeade and beer into a pitcher with ice. Fill limeade can with Sauza Blue Silver and pour into pitcher. Finally, add a can of water, stir and enjoy.

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NOTE: In case you noticed I was using the hashtag “#makeitwiththelifeguard” during the shoot, here’s the scoop about Sauza’s latest hunk bartender in action. Sadly he was not invited to our girls night in.

He’s equally talented in the saving of lives and the ways of love. And best of all? He’s ready to pour you a Sauza-rita, and listen as you pour out your feelings. This perfect man is perfectly prepared to help make your ladies night unforgettably fun – with Sauza Blue, of course. Check us out at http://facebook.com/SauzaMargaritas.

Whether it’s ladies night in or you’re going to ahem, make it with a lifeguard, have a great Cinco de Mayo!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sauza® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sauza®.
9/28/12

Fresh Melon Margaritas

I believe in signs.

Melon Margarita
 
I know, I’m kinda weird like that.So when I accidentally discovered Margarita Melons at the farmers’ market a few weeks back, hidden in a row of multi-colored watermelons, I took it as a sign. Like, the end-of-summer gods were smiling down on me.
 
Melon Margarita

But wait! The story gets better. The farmer was offering a two-for-one deal on all his melons. So I came home with a Tangerine Melon (a sweet, orange watermelon), and a Margarita Melon.

It was clearly meant to be.

Melon Margarita

Previous to this particular market trip, Sam and I had already declared this the summer o’ watermelons, as we’ve literally spent the last month eating pounds and pounds of the juicy fruit. We just couldn’t get enough of it.

However, what we hadn’t been doing was drinking watermelons. And really, what else would you expect from something with “margarita” in its name? It goes without saying that I decided to make Tangerine Watermelon + Margarita Melon margaritas.

 
If you’re like me and had never heard of a Margarita Melon, let me give you a quick rundown on what I discovered. It’s NOT a watermelon; but it’s definitely in the honeydew family. Only smaller and sweeter. And guess what? It made my new frothy, summery, melon concoction really good! So I just had to share it.
 
Melon Margarita

It may technically be the start of Fall, but these margaritas taste like summer in a glass.

Enjoy!

Melon Margaritas
Serves 2

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Ingredients
4 cups assorted and de-seeded melons
juice of 2 limes
2 shots of tequila*
* or more if you’re feeling feisty.

Instructions
Blend in food processor or blender and enjoy!

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9/9/10

Cha Taqueria & Bar

Last week I had margaritas in the rain. Literally.

Normally I’d get a kick out of saying this, but the situation felt ridiculous because it was still technically summer. Clearly Portland didn’t get the memo. But – I’ll admit that it was fun to officially record my first true margaritas in the rain experience. Up until this point, the blog has only documented margaritas in the sun. Which, let’s face it, isn’t an accurate account of my life in Portland.

After a pretty good soak walk, I joined up with two of my loveliest lady friends on a stormy summer afternoon to try Cha Taqueria & Bar. I had heard that this swanky-looking Mexican joint in NW Portland had a great Happy Hour, and I’d been dying to try it. If you were wondering, Cha is the upscale sister to Portland’s Cha! Cha! Cha! restaurants. Owner Javier Hurtado was born and raised in Mexico, and has been perfecting “Mexican food for busy Portlanders” for years through these casual restaurants, located throughout the city. Cha Taqueria, the slightly more formal and authentic eatery, places an emphasis on healthy, organic and sustainable ingredients in a more upscale environment.

A little mood lighting in Cha’s outside seating area
 

Cha is located on the corner of NW 21st and Hoyt and has a super cute outdoors dining area with plenty of seating for sunnier days. Given the unexpected weather conditions, we opted to sit inside.  The interior didn’t disappoint. Bold colors, couch-like seating with cushions and some very cool modern art pieces make for a grand entrance. But don’t let this fool you; the attitude at Cha is anything but swanky and frou frou. Instead, it’s inviting and comfortable.

 
 

We received a small plate of blue tortilla chips with green salsa and queso fresco to nibble on as we analyzed the Happy Hour menu and filled each other in on the latest and greatest. With 10 items for $5 each that all looked incredible, I ended up asking the waitress for suggestions. After she described her top picks – ceviche, empanadas and nachos – we ordered the Picaditas, the Santo Burrito and the Nachos for $5 each.

House appetizer: tortilla chips w/ salsa & queso fresco

Cha’s Happy Hour does feature several drink specials, including their Margarita del Dia (or Margarita of the Day for those of you like me, who embarrassingly asked what this meant) for $5.50. The special of this particular day was Prickly Pear. I decided to be adventurous and order one, knowing that when it comes to flavored margs, I’m normally a guava or mango kind of girl.

I was surprised to see that when the drinks were served, the Prickly Pair Margarita was bright, bright pink. I actually liked the flavor quite a bit, but I couldn’t get over the color.  I figured it had to be something artificial, and inquired about the ingredients from a nice man who made the rounds to check on us several times during our visit (who, I believe is the owner, although thanks to the margarita, I didn’t connect the dots until after I left). So the nice man brought me a carton of prickly pear puree that’s used in the homemade margaritas – proving that the actual purée is truly naturally hot pink!

Prickly Pear Margarita

He proceeded to tell me about Cha’s margarita selection, and I learned that they serve many flavors including coconut, passion fruit, guava, mango and others from the same all natural fruit puree. Happy Hour and house margaritas use Sauza Gold tequila. The owner’s favorite, which he recommends, is the jalapeño infused tequila guava margarita. I promised to try it, next time.

We were all impressed when the food came. Sometimes you just know something’s going to taste good based on its presentation. The Picaditas consisted of three corn masa cakes topped with beans, sautéed veggies, queso fresco and avocado. I loved how this dish was literally piled with grilled vegetables – zucchini, broccoli, carrots, peppers and more.

The nachos, a ginormous plate filled with super crunchy corn chips, guacamole, meat, pico de gallo and cheese, were by far the best nachos I’ve had in a while. Somewhere in the process of drinking, tasting, and drinking some more, we coined the nachos as “bomb diggity.” Enough said.

Nachos

And last but not least, the burrito was filled with black beans and rice, some grilled veggies, salsa , chipotle crème and queso fresco. The salsa and chipotle crème gave it a really nice kick – but perhaps what was the most surprising was that it looked like the size of a typical entrée. In fact, all three of the dishes were ordered were impressively sized for Happy Hour, and after sharing the three plates, we were all totally satisfied.

Santo Burrito

Sitting at Cha with my besties, listening to the rain pouring outside, I was reminded of why it’s important to drink margaritas in the rain: it automatically makes a gray day that much more colorful.

8/5/10

Trebol Restaurant and Tequila Bar

On Saturday, Sam worked from 1-9 pm and we met up when his shift was over for a late-night happy hour date. Before I reminisce about how incredible our meal was, I do want to mention that I hate that Sam has started working nights to supplement his Grad School income (or lack thereof).

I should also mention that Sam and I live together in a one-bedroom, 500 something square foot condo. On the rare occasion we dress up, there’s certainly no “ta da!” element to start the night off. I usually know what shirt he’ll wear because I’ve ironed it; and he knows what dress I’m wearing because he had to excavate it for me from the far top of the closet where I can’t reach. That said, I can’t remember the last time I got dolled up in the condo alone, outfit options thrown all over the bed, singing along to The Weepies playing on full volume. It felt like a real date.

We met at Trebol in NE Portland, which has been on our “must try” list since reading about it in Bon Appetit magazine (who named Trebol as one of the country’s most exciting Mexican restaurants).

Trebol’s late night happy hour runs from 9-close, and I was surprised to see that when I arrived at 9:30, the restaurant was fairly quiet for a Saturday night. I was seated right away, although I did have to wait for Sam  – who had trouble finding the place. You know what they say about men and directions.

I noticed right away the sophisticated, hip feel of the restaurant. Red and orange walls, funky lighting, lots of artwork, and many, many bottles of tequila filled Trebol’s interior. Chef Kenny Hill and his wife started Trebol in May, 2007. The restaurant is 100% seasonal and furthermore, incorporates as many organics as possible. Trebol also happens to be the largest tequila provider in town (HELLO!), with over 95 100% agave tequilas onsite. The dinner menu changes every few weeks, but there are several consistent entries including the tacos.

The Happy Hour menu at Trebol is not your typical burger, fries and nachos or humus spread. Think instead: enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, soup and more. Impressed yet? And to top it all off, the happy hour menu included a variety of margaritas for $6 including Casa, Tamarindo, Prickly Pear, Mango, Blood Orange or Wild Berry. These margaritas are all made with Luna Azul tequila, which is 100% agave (read my words: no hangover!) and absolutely delicious.

After talking to the waitress  – who was totally kind and patient with us as we asked questions and shot photos – I ordered the Mango Margarita and Sam ordered the Lado Norte ($5), which was made with Gin, fresh lime, white peach and agave. Both drinks were delicious and fresh-tasting. No pre-maid mixers here.

Mango Margarita
Lado Norte
 

Although neither us of were too hungry, we couldn’t resist the Happy Hour dishes and ended up ordering the following items to share:
–    Masa Cakes Topped with Black Beans and Smoked Port ($5)
–    Chorizo & Bean Taco (2) ($5)
–    Fish Taco Filling (2) ($5)

I was surprised when our food items came out. They looked minuscule on the plates they were served on. But, man each item really packed a punch and made the items worth ordering. On this particular night, the Fish Tacos were made with halibut covered in crushed Mexican-seasoned pumpkin seeds. As if that wasn’t good enough, they covered the taco in Trebol’s famous guacamole. And it was taaaaasty!

The clincher came when Sam took a bite of the Chorizo and Beans Taco and declared, “this tastes like home!” [For reference, Sam is of Hispanic descent and his mom is an amazing cook. This is the ultimate compliment to any chef; and he’s certainly never said it to me!]

Masa Cakes w/ Beans & Smoked Pork
Tacos w/ Chorizo and Beans
Tacos w/ Halibut
 
 


Just when we thought life couldn’t get much better, our waitress came by with the dessert menu. I’m slightly frugal by nature and Sam doesn’t have a sweet tooth, so normally we decline ordering dessert. This time though, something caught both of our eyes: the Tequila and Caramel Flan. Flan is, perhaps, Sam’s only dessert downfall. We ordered one to share ($7). The flan was not your typical thick custard; it was light, refreshing, with a hint of citrus – and perhaps even our favorite dish yet.

In total, we spend $35 – well worth the money for a real date night, great food, dessert, and of course, a delicious margarita. And Sam and I are actually thinking about going back for our joint birthday party (we are both August babies) and ordering off of the real menu. We promise to keep you posted 🙂